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He let that go, and for the time the talk was of the doings at Wartrace Hall: of the professor's enthusiastic digging for fossils, of Patricia's keen enjoyment of the life in the open, and -- this put with gentle hesitation on the part of the news-bringer -- of Mrs. Honoria's growing affection for the young woman whose ambitions reached out toward a sociological career.
None of these had as yet so much as imagined what a telegraphic news-bringer might be, and so they could not even wish that they had one, or they would surely have done so.
"She's left us this time, she's really gone," and the excited news-bringer burst into tears.
Their wives and daughters at home, meanwhile, were equally in a state of expectation, and whatever they might be doing kept ears and eyes on the alert for the step on the gravel and the click of the latch which betokened the arrival of the family news-bringer.
"Can't get on any further to-night?" asked a quiet old gentleman of the news-bringer.
a voice ought to be choked in the water-works; (Ibid.) -- had not the news-bringer quickly fled.